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A brick culture

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Daniel G Andújar

A Brick Culture (2004), Daniel G. Andújar analyses corruption and town-planning in territorial organisation and their social consequences in Torrevieja, a town on the Costa Blanca, one of the most visited coasts in the country since the tourist boom of the sixties.

The newest form of corruption is urban development and land organisation

(Antonio Vercher, Supreme Court Prosecutor, inaugural lecture of the seminar Corruption: causes, effects and legal procedures, UIMP Valencia. 08-09-2003)

The number of 500 euro notes circulating in Spain has tripled. Within two years 43 million 500 euro notes have gone into circulation, that is equivalent to 21,331 million euros. According to the Bank of Spain the value of these 500 euro notes represents 35.22% of the total amount of money in circulation. But who has seen them? After the switch to the euro, the Bank of Spain detected a great wave of laundering of black money which was invested in property. The price of property has increased by 91% in five years and a large part of the property bubble created is down to corruption in urban development. Spain is the country in Europe that has consumed the most cement in the last five years. 

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The Art of Hacking – or: Communication Guerrilla as Artistic Practice with New Media

In May 2004 Susanne Jaschko gave a lecture on ‘The Art of Hacking – or: Communication Guerrilla as Artistic Practice with New Media’ and a presentation of selected video art pieces of last year’s transmediale festival during which they discussed both the aesthetics and exhibition formats of the works

Introduction

In 1998 a 21 year old guy named ïto messed up the world of marketing by inventing a very unconventional marketing campaign for a Macintosh computer: the so called “hack- Mac”.  This design for a computer cited a military look with camouflage pattern and a solid-defensive casing, thus looking like both a fancy accessoire and a possible weapon. Consequently, the campaign was made up with the obvious slogan “think weapon” in the original Apple Macintosh-fond and the apple motive in slightly darkened colours.

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SITAC: Third International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory

SITAC
Third International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory

January 22-24 2004
Teatro de los Insurgentes
Mexico City

Director: Issa Benitez Duenas
Opening Lecture: Hal Foster

The Third SITAC focuses on the concept of RESISTANCE as the topic of debate and reflection. It is indeed an ambiguous term that nevertheless seems to be revised given the recent cultural and political events. These, in addition to weakening Western democratic ideals, have shown the scant incidence the opinion of the common man has in their own social environment. Facing this situation makes the need for a critical and contentious cultural project not only desirable but also indispensable. Nevertheless it seems that a large part of artistic strategies that have been initiated in this vein have turned out to be insufficient or else they have been easily integrated within the system that they seem to question. It is in the context of this contradiction that the Third SITAC attempts to delve into the possibility of a new form of social, cultural and artistic activism, one that perhaps offers some prospect of efficacy on a smaller scale and in more immediate contexts.

Jan 22: Resistance as possibility
Speakers: Ines Garcia Canal, Boris Groys, Ole Bouman, Giuseppe Patella, Yves Michaud. Coordinator: Cuahutemoc Medina

Jan 23: Spaces and strategies of resistance
Speakers: Antoni Muntadas, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gustav Metzger, Daniel Garcia Andujar, Jota Castro. Coordinator: Tobias Ostrander

Jan 24: Resistance and seduction: the Mexican case
Speakers: Francisco Reyes Palma, Anton Vidokle, Alberto Lopez Cuenca. Coordinator: Olivier Debroise

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Cerrada la página de crítica cultural de Internet ‘e-valencia.org’

F. B. – Valencia – 25/09/2003
El País

La página de crítica y debate cultural e-valencia.org desapareció ayer de Internet debido a los actuales trabajos de renovación de los enlaces (links) incluidos en el servidor del Museo de la Universidad de Alicante (MUA), según señalaron fuentes de la institución académica. Creada por el artista alicantino Daniel Andújar, la página

ha ofrecido un espacio para la opinión de los internautas y se ha caracterizado por sus fuertes críticas a la actual gestión del IVAM, dirigido por Kosme de Barañano, y a la política cultural de la Generalitat. Junto a intervenciones y críticas razonadas se han publicado descalificaciones e insultos personales. En unos dos años, e-valencia.org ha tenido cientos de miles de visitas, trasladándose el modelo de debate a una página en Barcelona.

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El portal cultural ‘e-valencia.org’ abre página en Cataluña

EL PAÍS – Valencia – 28/04/2003

El portal de discusión de la política cultural valenciana e-valencia.org tiene ahora su correlato catalán (e-barcelona.org), según ha anunciado Daniel Andújar, el artista que puso en marcha esta iniciativa de Internet que desde diciembre de 2001 ha obtenido más de 469.000 visitas. “Tras el éxito alcanzado por nuestra herramienta e-valencia.org nos hemos propuesto presentar una nueva localización para el público interesado en el estudio y la discusión de las políticas culturales en Cataluña”, indica el texto de bienvenida al nuevo portal que surgió el día de Sant Jordi. El portal ofrece la posibilidad de establecer charlas, expresar opiniones, proponer temas y dirigir mensajes a las instituciones sobre los grandes o pequeños temas que protagonizan la vida cultural.

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Los artistas consiguen tener por primera vez una representación colectiva en la feria

Las galerías intentan fortalecer su imagen tras una etapa de división

C. SERRA / F. SAMANIEGO – Barcelona – 14/02/2003
El País

“Queremos crear una imagen poderosa de unión en el sector”, señalaba ayer el galerista sevillano Pepe Cobo, nuevo presidente de la Unión de Asociaciones de Galerías de Arte de España, una entidad que intenta superar la crisis que atraviesa desde hace unos años tras el abandono de tres potentes asociaciones de Madrid, Valencia y Cataluña. El lunes, en la feria, habrá reunión de la entidad y también de las galerías disidentes, integradas en un consorcio creado el pasado año. Los artistas están más organizados y este año han conseguido estar representados, de forma indirecta, como colectivo.

Las aguas están aún removidas en el sector de las galerías, aunque durante la feria aprovechan para limar asperezas y tratar de reconstruir la unión del sector. Será una ardua tarea. Hace más de un año, tres potentes asociaciones de Madrid, Barcelona y Valencia abandonaron la Unión de Asociaciones de Galerías de Arte (www.art-es.com) por discrepancias con los criterios que regían esta entidad, que agrupa a unas 400 salas de todo tipo. En 2002 crearon un consorcio que agrupaba a título particular a unas setenta galerías de toda España que compartían una misma visión del arte actual para realizar proyectos comunes y concretos. Ante la situación de crisis y desunión del sector, la Unión de Galerías decidió modificar sus estatutos y se convocaron nuevas elecciones. El pasado 27 de enero resultó elegido presidente el galerista sevillano Pepe Cobo, que se ha planteado como uno de sus objetivos “crear una imagen poderosa de unión del sector”. Entre sus muchos proyectos figuran conseguir mejoras fiscales y promover, de acuerdo con las instituciones, campañas de promoción del arte español en el exterior.

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X-devian

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  • X-Devian. The New Technologies To The People System
  • 2003-
  • Social event in public space: production, promotion and distribution of FLOSS software and advertising video x-devian.org
  • Presented with advertising video in the exhibition, and during the Irational Action Weekend in Dortmund Judging from the aesthetics x-devian looks like your standard commercial proprietary software. With its minimalistic »X« and slogan reading »With over 150 innovative new features, it’s like having an all-new computer«, the stylishly designed black-and-white cover effectively signals that this product means business — which it does. However, the content and not least the ethics of the product is explicitly opposed to the software culture promoted by neo-liberal corporations like Microsoft and Apple. As a bootable operating system (i. e. it does not need to be installed on your computer but can be run directly from the portable disk) based on GNU/Linux, x-devian is involved not in the business of capitalism but of free and shared culture. The system represents a comprehensive conceptual and practical reconfiguration of the economics of mainstream software culture. To use it, no investment in expensive software or hardware is necessary. Just insert the disk – which your can order for free at the X-Devian website – in your personal computer and you are ready to “go free”. Thus with X-Devian Technologies To The People invites the common user to experience and reflect upon the alternative wonders of Free and Libre Open Source Software, the true social and political »evolution of the species« in the computer age. (Jacob Lillemose)

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    BANQUETE

    international traveling exhibition

    Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona (January/March 2003)
    ZKM – Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (May/August 2003)
    Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid (September/November 2003)

    Concept and direction:
    Karin Ohlenschlager / Luis Rico

    Curators:
    Ivan de la Nuez / Karin Ohlenschlager / Luis Rico / Peter Weibel

    Humanity is made up of an irregular tapestry of relations involving sixthousand million individuals who are co-evolving within an ecosystem oflimited resources. The complexity of contemporary experience, and thediversity of sensibilities and outlooks mingling within this tapestry,together with the vertiginous process of transformation in which we areimmersed on a global scale, have generated countless tensions anduncertainties. “Their comprehension requires us to overcome lineal andmonosectorial technical schemas to arrive at a totally differenthermeneutics if we wish to approach this new reality”. (Jose Vidal Beneyto).

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